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Shoren-in Temple (Shoren-in Monzeki)

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Beautiful inside and out

I'm not sure why the title of this page says 'temple' because (from what I've read) Shoren-in was... read more

Reviewed 3 days ago
Alex W
Singapore, Singapore
Beautiful garden, beautiful Samurai house

Loved sitting on tatami mats and enjoying the view of the garden. As with other temples in Japan... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
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69-1 Awataguchi Sanjobocho, Higashiyama-ku, Kyoto 605-0035, Kyoto Prefecture
+81 75-561-2345
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Reviewed 3 days ago

I'm not sure why the title of this page says 'temple' because (from what I've read) Shoren-in was never a temple in the usual sense. It's more a villa for chief priests, etc. Consequently, it is vastly different from the massive or sprawling temples that...More

Thank Alex W
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Loved sitting on tatami mats and enjoying the view of the garden. As with other temples in Japan, it's pricey as there's very little by way of education (no English signs) but it was a lovely setting and very quiet inside. Very few tourists.

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

This was far and away my favorite so far of all the wonderful temples and shrines Kyoto has to offer. Less crowded than many of the larger and more popular temples Shoren-in offers one of the best gardens in Kyoto and the peace in which...More

1  Thank Trent R
Reviewed 5 weeks ago

Located where the first Zen temple of Japan was held, this place is an area of peace and midfullness. Just go there to see then scenery and let go of everything. Went there in the afternoon with a lot of people, but everybody was quiet...More

1  Thank Jean-François T
Reviewed 24 August 2018 via mobile

This was within walking distance of our hotel so we left it to the next to last day of the trip. The temple was really a great treat; esthetic, balanced, serene and harmonious. I could have easily spent a half day here absorbing the wonderful...More

Thank arthurjunior
Reviewed 14 August 2018

Go early to avoid the crowds..much different experience w not a huge crowd very peaceful and representative of kyotos gardens..not the bestie kyoto but far from the worst

Thank worldview123
Reviewed 2 August 2018

Very peaceful. We enjoyed the walk and wish it is not so hot and humid during our visit. The entrance fee is not that expensive and it's close to Arashiyama and not far from the train station.

Thank ellasm0m
Reviewed 19 June 2018 via mobile

Kinda of neat to see a virtual Forrest of bamboo. It’s a fairly easy walk and not so crowded. Well wort the effort to visit if you are in Kyoto. Lots to see in Kyoto so put this one on your list.

Thank TAMAN1951
Reviewed 10 June 2018 via mobile

This was our first temple in Kyoto and completely amazing. The temple is less crowded than the rest in the area and is completely worth the visit. The garden is peaceful and quiet, the greens are beautiful with their reflexion in the pond.

Thank Esther G
Reviewed 10 June 2018 via mobile

We almost didn’t visit at the sight of the unassuming ticket entrance... the visit start with a rather ordinary suites of small rooms with your shoes in plastic bag, it’s very cosy. Then, once you step out and put your shoes again out for the...More

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Vica A
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Response from laurelee36 | Reviewed this property |
Ditto...1 to 2 hours
Maxwell S
13 December 2016|
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Response from hfot2 | Reviewed this property |
"Hours 9:00 to 17:00 (and 18:00 to 22:00 during spring and autumn evening illuminations)" according to their listing on Japan Guide Please mark it if this is helpful.